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Barcode31662001757459
LocationWinamac
TitleThe witch of New York : the trials of Polly Bodine and the cursed birth of tabloid justice / Alex Hortis. First Pegasus Books cloth edition. Ed
AuthorHortis, C. Alexander, 1972- author.
Call No364.1523 HOR
CollectionAdult 300-399
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WinamacDue on 4/25/2024364.1523 HOR 

Catalog Details

International Standard Book Number 1639363912 (hardcover)
International Standard Book Number 9781639363919 (hardcover)
Personal Name Hortis, C. Alexander, 1972- author.
Title Statement The witch of New York : the trials of Polly Bodine and the cursed birth of tabloid justice / Alex Hortis.
Edition Statement First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice ??2024.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice New York, NY : Pegasus Crime, 2024.
Physical Description xx, 315 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 24 cm.
Content Type still image sti rdacontent.
Content Type text txt rdacontent.
Media Type unmediated n rdamedia.
Carrier Type volume nc rdacarrier.
Bibliography, Etc. Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note Author's note on sources -- The docket sheet -- Prologue: Christmas night 1843 -- Part I: a fallen woman. Islands in the stream -- Sex and the 1840s city -- Incendiaries -- Low-speed chase -- They would hang her without judge or jury -- Confessions of the sun -- The living jury of the nation -- Dream teams -- Part II: the Staten Island trial. Poe cracks the case -- The people v. Mary Bodine -- Ghosts of Granite Village -- Trial by water -- Breaking news -- Consciousness of guile -- Playing the Jew card -- Sisters -- The man in the Spanish cloak -- The runaway juror -- Undue prejudice -- Part III: the Manhattan trial. Barnum's witch -- Eldridge Street jail -- Trial by fire -- Mayor Harper -- The weight of the baskets -- Gala night at the Park Theatre -- To conceal the circumstances of her pregnancy -- The opposite counsel -- Cruel and unbecoming curiosity -- Judge Edmond's charge -- April thunderstorms -- The hanging of Polly Bodine -- Witch trial interlude -- Te appeal -- Six thousand jurors -- Part IV: the Newburgh trial. National police gazette -- Whitman's sympathy -- George Washington camped here -- Fragment of the mother's dress -- Orange County House v. United States Hotel -- The gangs that infest New York -- Judgment night -- Polly Bodine in the popular imagination -- Epilogue: another prison -- Afterword: lawyers will not save us -- Acknowledgments -- List of illustrations -- Select bibliography -- Notes -- Index.
Summary, Etc. "Before the sensational cases of Amanda Knox and Casey Anthony--before even Lizzie Borden--there was Polly Bodine, the first American woman put on trial for capital murder in our nation's debut media circus. On Christmas night, December 25, 1843, in a serene village on Staten Island, shocked neighbors discovered the burnt remains of twenty-four-year-old mother Emeline Houseman and her infant daughter, Ann Eliza. In a perverse nativity, someone bludgeoned to death a mother and child in their home--and then covered up the crime with hellfire. When an ambitious district attorney charges Polly Bodine (Emelin's sister-in-law) with a double homicide, the new "penny press" explodes. Polly is a perfect media villain: she's a separated wife who drinks gin, commits adultery, and has had multiple abortions. Between June 1844 and April 1846, the nation was enthralled by her three trials--in Staten Island, Manhattan, and Newburgh--for the "Christmas murders." After Polly's legal dream team entered the fray, the press and the public debated not only her guilt, but her character and fate as a fallen woman in society. Public opinion split into different camps over her case. Edgar Allen Poe and Walt Whitman covered her case as young newsmen. P. T. Barnum made a circus out of it. James Fenimore Cooper's last novel was inspired by her trials"-- Amazon.
Subject-Personal Name Bodine, Polly Trials, litigation, etc.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Murder New York (State) New York 19th century.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Infanticide New York (State) New York 19th century.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Trials (Murder) New York (State) New York 19th century.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Trials (Murder) New York (State) Richmond County 19th century.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Tabloid newspapers New York (State) New York 19th century.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Trials (Arson) New York (State) 19th century.
Index Term-Genre/Form True crime stories. lcgft.
Location 364.1523 HOR 31662001757459

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